For the holidaymaker, the weather in Dorset is about as good as you will find in the UK. Being on the south coast, it benefits from the higher temperatures enjoyed by the southern counties. Unlike Devon and Cornwall however, it is far enough from the Atlantic Ocean to be relatively unaffected by the additional rainfall brought by Atlantic weather systems. This fortunate geographical position means that the weather in Dorset is sunny, and relatively dry compared to the country as a whole. The climate is therefore one of the significant attractions for the area.